A council has launched what it calls a Landlord and Tenant Support Package in place of a previous landlord accreditation system.
Telford and Wrekin council says it will also appoint a Landlord and Tenant Support Co-ordinator as well as creating a dedicated webpage for landlords carrying information about all aspects of tenancy support and property conditions and safety.
Landlords will also be given the opportunity to access training programmes instead of being issued with civil penalties for low level and first time housing offences.
The Landlord and Tenant Support package will be developed in consultation with partners which include the Wrekin Landlord Association and charitable and registered provider partners.
The council has - in its own words - conducted an ‘educate, encourage and enforce’ approach to the private rental sector.
This has included “robust legal action against landlords who deliberately fail to meet their legal responsibilities.”
Councillor Richard Overton, leader of the authority, says: “We acknowledge that many good landlords are providing valuable accommodation for our residents but we want to join up the range of advice and support available and ensure we are signposting people to the right services.
“The landlord and tenant support package will help to enhance the support that we provide and shows that we really are on your side – providing support to landlords and tenants to make Telford and Wrekin a better place to live.”
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